Produce from Jonathan Duffy Davis’ Farm is Coming to North Orange County… Starting Next Wednesday 8/17!

Jonathan, Lauren and Mae at Tule Peak FarmsAfter living in the high chaparral of Aguanga for almost exactly two years, we finally have the incredibly productive market garden that we have always envisioned. When we first arrived our property was nothing but untouched chaparral. The soil was hard, the brush thick, and the sun unrelenting. After drilling a well and bringing electricity to the property we proceeded to build the infrastructure for our basic needs and comforts, plant our orchard and large shade trees, and open the soil. Developing property that I own with the sweat of my brow has been rewarding but market gardening is my true passion, a passion that I’ve finally been able to pursue this summer.

We have planted a large market garden despite the hungry, thirsty, tenacious wildlife of Aguanga. After the loss of over 1,000 seedlings to mice in our nursery and 150 feet of tomato plantings in early spring, we fortified our garden’s defenses and refined our methods. Today we find ourselves surrounded by a vibrant green field and an abundance of produce. Heirloom tomatoes, basil, watermelons, European melons, summer and winter squash, cucumbers for slicing and pickling, pumpkins for carving and eating, kale, arugula, baby lettuces, and other greens, all to be had from our new garden beds. I now feel that I can officially call myself a farmer and I am very proud of that title. I’ve grown produce and much of it is already sold to valued customers.

We are now making weekly deliveries of our fantastic food to North Orange County. You can put Tule Peak Farm food on your family’s table by signing up for our produce CSA (community sourced agriculture) basket. CSAs are essentially a subscription to our farm’s harvest that changes with the seasons. We will also sometimes include things like eggs from our flock of hens or a jar of jam from an unexpected bumper crop.

Late-Summer/Autumn 2016 deliveries run from this coming Wednesday August 17 through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Sign up now for fantastic Tule Peak Farm food – space is limited!

Visit: www.TulePeakFarm.com to sign-up, learn more, or simply look at some photos of the farm.

Thank you all for your time on a Sunday afternoon. I hope you’re eating well this evening!

~Jonathan Duffy Davis

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Pickled Beets – Preserving the Winter Garden Bounty

2_Beets cleaned and ready for the potEvelyn, Jonathan Dye, and I have eaten many pickled beets made with this recipe. They’ve been added to cheese plates, paired with gravlax and other preserved fish, and also served simply with some dark rye bread, some fresh dill, and a dollop of crème fraiche (maybe a squeeze of fresh lemon too?). Evelyn’s winter garden has been a bountiful one. She has bushels of beets and needs a way to preserve them. Pickling is the perfect treatment for a homegrown beet. Here’s what I think Evelyn should do with her winter beet bounty! Continue reading “Pickled Beets – Preserving the Winter Garden Bounty”

Free Seed Saving Class at Yorba Linda Public Library – 5.14.14

seed saving flyerJoin OurLocaltopia’s Farmer and Biologist Jonathan Duffy Davis, this Wednesday (5.14.14) at 7pm for a class on seed saving! Held at the Yorba Linda Public Library, this free class will give you the tools needed to effectively gather, save, store and share seeds from your backyard garden or farm. Continue reading “Free Seed Saving Class at Yorba Linda Public Library – 5.14.14”

Stinging Nettle: A Foraged Food That’s Worth The Pain – Video and Ravioli Recipe

nettle montageForaging for wild foods can be intimidating. The delicious and the deadly can look similar and occupy similar environments. Stinging nettle is a great plant for the novice forager. Simply touch the plant and it will tell you if you’ve identified it correctly! Continue reading “Stinging Nettle: A Foraged Food That’s Worth The Pain – Video and Ravioli Recipe”

Free Class on Wednesday 4.30 at YLPL: It’s About Thyme

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This Wednesday (April 30th), OurLocaltopia is back at the Yorba Linda Public Library for a free class on cooking with fresh herbs! Join us in the downstairs community room at 7pm and enjoy an evening of culinary eduction and demonstration taught by Jonathan Dye and Jonathan Duffy Davis. Samples of the food prepared will be available for tasting and copies of the recipes will be passed out. Come one, come all!

Coloring Eggs With Natural Dyes: A Recipe Review and Tip Roundup

naturally dyed easter eggs 1Egg season is upon us! Whether you are celebrating Easter with a bonnet and a basket, or simply enjoying the ongoing nesting of your backyard birds, springtime is synonymous with The Egg. It’s likely that many of you plan to color eggs over the coming week, for display and hunting this weekend. If you’d like to try something a different than the typical grocery store dye kit, we suggest coloring your eggs with natural ingredients. Naturally dyed eggs will take a bit more work than the store bought kits, but the creativity, shade variations and recipes are almost endless. And, if you’d rather limit the ingestion and exposure of less-than-natural substances for you and your family, this is the way to go! Continue reading “Coloring Eggs With Natural Dyes: A Recipe Review and Tip Roundup”

Bailey & Alex’s Backyard Wedding!

OurLocaltopia was lucky enough to make lunch for Alex and Bailey’s wedding this weekend, which was set amidst fruit trees, garden boxes and succulents  in the garden of their vintage Craftsman bungalow in Old Town Orange. Continue reading “Bailey & Alex’s Backyard Wedding!”

Free Cooking Class on 3/26/14: Garden to Table Cooking at Yorba Linda Public Library

Wednesday March 26th 2014 at the Yorba Linda Public Library!
Wednesday March 26th 2014 at the Yorba Linda Public Library!

Don’t forget! This Wednesday, OurLocaltopia is teaching another free cooking class at the Yorba Linda Public Library, as part of the “Food For Thought” series. This week’s class focuses on Garden to Table Cooking and will cover how to make the most out of your backyard edible garden or your weekly farmers market spoils. The Jonathans will provide up close demonstrations of at least four unique dishes, with samples and recipes available to the audience. Class will be held in the Library’s downstairs community room and will run from 7pm to about 8:30pm. Bring your friends, and enjoy a free night of delicious culinary education! See ya there!

~ OurLocaltopia

Elegant Strawberry Conserve

Once sufficently cooled, place your finsihed conserve in a glass jar. We suggest Weck jars. It's that easy... Enjoy!
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Strawberry season comes early in Southern California and is just around the corner for the rest of the country! We wanted to post about this AMAZINGLY EASY Strawberry Conserve recipe, inspired by one of our go-to books, Canal House Cooks Everyday. Continue reading “Elegant Strawberry Conserve”